I started this blog in 2010 when there were 11 weeks to go before my next Ironman triathlon. People have found it interesting (mainly my Mum!) so I continue to write.
The Ironman is a long distance triathlon; Swim 2.4miles, Cycle 112miles, Run 26.2 miles (marathon). I have competed in one every year since 2004. I hope this blog can help others see what is involved. I find the process of writing it makes me more accountable and motivates me to do the harder sessions when i'm not feeling like it!

Friday, 28 June 2013


- off road - used the ordnance survey map on bikehike.co.uk I ended up covered in mud, soaked, lost, chased by dogs etc Fun! At times the path completely disappeared and there were some tricky barbed wire jumps.

Thursday, 27 June 2013


The best run yet. Left it late as very busy all day. I've started a new stretching program (http://www.whartonhealth.com) - maybe its working. Not fast but no pain.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


20min whizz round with some weights. No time for anything else

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


112km round trip with 1 hour break half way.

Cycled to friend's (Trev) had a coffee and then back. The trip back was quick - a real confidence boost for the Ironman. Everything had been slow and hard work up until today. Still have the right leg issues but it didn't seem to bother me like before. Maybe it was the tail wind!

Felt my own sports drink of maltodextrin, fructose and whey kick in on the way back.

Had a fall on the outward leg - wheel shot out from under me on a white line. Nasty elbow graze and a bruise to hip - could have been worse - cycling trousers and bike OK!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Weigh in 69.9Kg

Day doing DIY - replaced the 20 year old curtains with blinds. A fair bit of body contortion - bit of right lower back pain. Plan to cycle tomorrow.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

6 Weeks to go

Chester to Shrewsbury 40-45 miles approx. The lowered saddle felt really awkward for a while but gradually a few things came good. Then at home I felt like something had shifted. Fingers crossed I'm going in the right direction.


Later in the evening. Right leg much better than it's been for a long time. Left leg now dodgy - clicking! at least the niggles are moving around - much easier to live with.